Oliver Wang

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Raphael Saadiq Balances Personal Introspection With Social Commentary On 'Jimmy Lee'

Friday, August 23, 2019

Raphael Saadiq's new album, Jimmy Lee, is his first in eight years. It was inspired by his brother's struggles with addiction and, ultimately, his death.


Forget Her Nots: Patrice Rushen Compilation Captures Formative Elektra Years

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Patrice Rushen's years singing for Elektra Records in the 1970s and '80s helped define late-era disco and R&B. Now, a collection of her classic R&B and dance tunes is being released.


How Do You Follow A Masterpiece? Marvin Gaye Tried With 'You're The Man'

Friday, March 29, 2019

In 1972, Gaye began work on a follow-up to his classic album, What's Going On. He laid down over a dozen new tracks, but the project stalled and most of the songs were not released until now.


Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band Travels Across Generations And Genres

Monday, September 17, 2018

This German group delivers steel drum covers of Mary J. Blige, Mobb Deep, Gang Starr and more.


The Internet's 'Hive Mind' Is A Soundtrack To The Slow Burn Of Summer

Friday, July 20, 2018

After embarking on solo projects and a three-year break, The Internet has come back together to produce an album of low-key songs of summer.


Cut Chemist's 'Die Cut' Asks You To Listen Closely

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Listening to Cut Chemist's latest album is like looking under a microscope at a drop of ocean water. The longer you examine, the more life you find.


First Listen: Dr. Octagon, 'Moosebumps: An Exploration Into Modern Day Horripilation'

Thursday, March 29, 2018

The first Dr. Octagon project to reunite Kool Keith with Dan the Automator in 22 years picks up right where they left off, as weird and warped as ever.


First Listen: The Shacks, 'Haze'

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Featuring Shannon Wise's mesmerizing wisp of a voice, The Shacks' debut album mixes R&B, dreamy indie-pop and '60s British rock in woozy sheets of reverb.


Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings' 'Soul Of A Woman' Is A Testament To Fortitude

Friday, November 17, 2017

Throughout their career together, Jones and her band gave listeners something to feel with every recording and every performance. That's still true on their final album.


Sunny And The Sunliners' 'Mr. Brown Eyed Soul' Is For The Loved And Lovelorn

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The prodigious San Antonio band's new anthology is a tempting selection of its most enduring singles, from the era that helped propel the band from Texas locals into national stardom.


Kendrick Lamar's 'DAMN.' Is Introspective And Unforgiving

Monday, April 17, 2017

If To Pimp a Butterfly, Lamar's ornate jazz-funk experiment, played like billiard balls scattering after the break, then DAMN. wraps its focus inward: tight and layered, like a bundle of rubber bands.


First Listen: Chicano Batman, 'Freedom Is Free'

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Los Angeles band's distinct sound includes touches of Rio de Janeiro's tropicalia, Lima's cumbia, and American soul and funk.


Songs We Love: Lee Fields & The Expressions, 'Never Be Another You'

Monday, December 26, 2016

Most of Fields' songs have been about love won, fought over and lost; it's a testament to his talent that each new one can feel like he's singing his heart out for the first time.


A Queen Among Kings

Monday, November 21, 2016

The fiery singer, whose work with The Dap-Kings helped inspire a soul revival, died Nov. 18 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.


Music Review: 'We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service,' A Tribe Called Quest

Monday, November 14, 2016

The new album from A Tribe Called Quest is the group's first in 18 years. We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service, was recorded before the death of founding member Phife Dawg last March and was just released this month.


First Listen: The Frightnrs, 'Nothing More To Say'

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Singer Dan Klein died of ALS earlier this summer, but at least his rocksteady band was able to see its collective vision through on this one sublime album.


Simple Idea, Spooky Result: Latin American Ballads Get A Ghostly Makeover

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Frankie Reyes is a Los Angeles-based artist who remakes classic Mexican and other Spanish-language ballads and waltzes using a vintage synthesizer. His new album is called Boleros Valses y Mas.


Songs We Love: Lady Wray, 'Do It Again'

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

With a production team consisting of two seasoned retro-soul veterans, Nicole Wray's solo act shepherds '60s and '70s R&B styles into the present.


Behind The Black Power Goddess: Betty Davis' Early Demos Released

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Betty Davis was already gaining attention as Betty Mabry in the late 1960s when she met Miles Davis. He produced legendary sessions for her that have never been released — until now.


Songs We Love: Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band, 'Was Dog A Doughnut'

Friday, May 27, 2016

The steel drum tradition is unfairly maligned. The mysterious Hamburg group takes Cat Stevens' pioneering electro jam and replaces synths with steel.